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SUMNER EASTWOOD , a prominent retired farmer died unexpectedly at his home on North Galena avenuee shortly gefore 3 o'clock this afternoon. Death was due to apoplexy. He had been ailing this forenoon and retired to his room shortly after noon. About 1 o'clock Mrs. Eastwood went to his room and found him lyding unconscious. His physcian was at once notified and the members of the family summonded. He never regained consciousness and later was seized with a couple of more severe strokes, from which he died. He is one of the well known residents of Lee county. He followed farming as his vocation in Palmyra until he removed to Dixon about two years ago. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. He was a member of the Elks lodge. A complete obituary will be printed tomorrow.
Contributed by Susan Schriver

BERTHA (VETTER) ECCLES , 56, wife of Delbert W Eccles, passed away at their home, 824 South Burchard Avenue, early yesterday morning, after an illness of several weeks duration. The body will be taken to Amboy Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be conducted at the Vaughn funeral home, Amboy, at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, with a requiem mass at Sublette Catholic Church at 9 o'clock. Interment will be made in St Mary's Cemetery, Sublette. The rosary will be recited at the Schwarz Funeral Home, South Galena Ave, at 7:30 o'clock tonight. Bertha Vetter was born in Ironwood, Michigan in 1882. She was united in marriage 28 years ago to Delbert W Eccles, who survives. She also leaves one son, Robert W Eccles. The family resided here 28 years, with the exception of two years spent in Chicago.
Contributed by Connie Eccles from the 24 October 1938 Freeport Journal

PAULINE F. (HECKMAN) EDDY , 77, of Dixon, was escorted by the angels to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, with her family by her side. Pauline worked for Olaf Reese, CPA. He taught her bookkeeping and how to do taxes. When Mr. Reese retired, Pauline took over his business. She did bookwork for all the Clark gas stations in Northern Illinois and for several local businesses. She did income taxes for many years and became known as the "Tax Lady". Pauline was born January 19, 1934, in Polo, IL, the daughter of Paul and Frances (Schmiedebush) Heckman of the Polo area. She attended Polo schools and graduated from Dixon High School Class of 1951, where she participated as a cheerleader. She attended Carthage College. She married Harold L. Eddy on December 5, 1964. They had 47 happy years together, and they accomplished much by working side by side. Pauline was an ardent bowler and a good golfer. She had a sunny personality that won her many friends. Survivors include her husband, Harold Eddy, of Dixon; three sons, Steven Wilson of Naples, FL, Kenneth Wilson of Ann Arbor, MI, Scott (Mary) Eddy of Fairview Heights; four daughters, Debra (Rick) Good of Naples, FL, Toby (David) Barnes Florissant, MO, Alanna Forari of Moline, Alethea Summer of St. Louis, MO; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon, with Rev. Frank Langholf, pastor, officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial of cremains will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, at a later date. Visitation will be 2-8:00 p.m., Monday, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with family present from 2 – 4:00 and 6 – 8:00 p.m. The family has requested casual attire for all services.

LELA U. (PETTYS) EDEN , 89, of rural Compton, Ill., died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at Shabbona Healthcare Center. Born Aug. 5, 1914, in Compton, she was the daughter of Willard and Anna Marie (Hoffman) Petteys. She married Bernard V. Eden on Nov. 24, 1932, in Rollo. Lila was a member of the former Scarboro Methodist Church, Shabbona 51 Card Club, Lee County Hobby Boosters Club and Shabbona Senior Citizens Group. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Nov. 2, 1977; and a son, Rodney. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with Pastor Ken Foster officiating. Burial will be at Twin Grove Cemetery in rural Steward. Visitation will be from 10-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Karen Holt

BRIAN ENGELS , 29, of 1120 Washington Ave., Dixon, died Dec 29, 1993, at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack Mabley Center, Dixon, with the Rev. Richard A. Hundrieser, pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo, officiating. There will be no visitation. Mr. Engels was born Dec. 18, 1964, in Chicago, the son of Daniel and Linda (Link) Engels. He had worked for Kreider Services. Survivors include his mother of Green Valley, Nev.; his father of Chicago; and one brother, Daniel of Green Valley, Nev.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, January 4, 1994, A2;2

LOUIS J. ESCHMAN , age 61, Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Fort Madison, Ia., Erie and Sterling, died Saturday in Kansas City. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Ia. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Ia. He was a veteran of World War II. He is survived by five brothers, one half brother and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Helen Byam of Erie, and a son, Durward, who died in infancy.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 31, 1964 - Friday, pg 2

ANNA MARTHA (BECK) EWALD - Henry and Anna Martha (Beck) Ewald, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father was born in Hesse-Cassel, August 5, 1837, and was a son of Martin and Christina (Bogel) Ewald. He was married in Germany in 1864 to Miss Martha Beck and in the year 1873 they crossed the Atlantic with their family, making their way to Ogle county, Illinois, where the father worked at the stonemason's trade, which he had learned and followed in his native land. In 1879 he removed to Lee county, settling in Reynolds township upon a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. His place was located on section 27 and his time thereafter was devoted to general agricultural pursuits until his life's labors were ended in death, on the 10th of March, 1913. He had for a third of a century been a resident of this county and was widely known as a worthy and representative citizen. His widow survives and is now living with her son John on the old homestead, at the age of seventy-six years. Although now well advanced in age she yet enjoys good health, being a well preserved woman. In their family were seven children: Charles; William A.; Anna E., the wife of William Christian, now of Iowa; C. M.; John; Henry; and Katherine, who died at the age of three years.
Contributed by Debra Richards-Toms
copied from bio of Charles http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/leebiosewald.html#henry

ANNA (TROUTH) EVERSOLE , 706 E. 4th St., Sterling dies early this morning at Colonial Acres Rest Home, Sterling, after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Eldor Mueller, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Dixon, Ill. Mrs. Eversole was born Sept. 20, 1886 in Dixon, the daughter of Jacob and Susan Hess Trouth. She was educated in the Dixon Public Schools and resided in this area her entire life. She was married to Oscar V. Eversole, Sept. 20, 1910 in Sterling. Mrs. Eversole was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church of Sterling. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Charles A. Eversole of Stillman Valley; one sister, Mrs. Stella Hipple of Dixon and two grandchildren, Elise and Kurt Eversole of Stillman Valley, a daughter Dorothy, two sisters and two brothers preceded.
Contributed by Tom Hess

OSCAR EVERSOLE , 89, formerly of 705 East 4th St., Sterling, passed away Friday afternoon in Rockford Memorial Hospital. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Eldor Mueller, pastor of the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sterling, will officiate. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery at Dixon. Oscar Eversole was born Jan. 18, 1885 in Lima, Ohio, the son of George W. and Sarah Leatherman Eversole. He resided in this area most of his life and was a carpenter and cabinet maker by trade. His wife, Anna, preceded June 7, 1972. He was a member of the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sterling and he was a 50 year member of the local carpenters union. Surviving are one son, Charles A. Eversole of Stillman Valley; two grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Aura Simmons of Charleston, S.C., Mrs. Mary Ranz of Youngstown, Ohio, and May Eversole of Jefferson, Ohio.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette November 9, 1974 - Saturday, page 8

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